Via Reader’s Digest
Thanksgiving is the second most favored American holiday, with Christmas taking the number one spot! The togetherness of family and friends, the outpouring of gratitude, and the sensational aromas of your favorite dishes is sure to appeal to anyone’s sweet spot. And with Thanksgiving around the corner, the urge to indulge in your beloved recipes and classic desserts intensifies.
However, when prepping for a little one, it’s important to try and stick with a pregnancy-friendly diet. The Institute of Medicine advises that gaining between 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy is ideal.
Pregnant women who gain excessive weight increase their likelihood of needing a C-section, experiencing post pregnancy weight retention, or being prone to obesity in the future. That said, we’ve gathered fertility-friendly foods that are perfect for you to delight in this holiday season.
You may always find sweet potatoes around your dinner table for this festive occasion and for good reason! A single sweet potato provides 700% of Vitamin A, which “helps improve cervical fluid and follicle development”. Sweet potatoes also regulate your menstrual cycle and may balance your hormones.
Extremely rich in phytonutrients, kale also contains Vitamins A, C and K along with omega-3 fatty acids. Throw together a kale salad with peaches and maple vinaigrette for a festive, holiday side dish. The Vitamin C found in peaches makes this combo super fertility-boosting; another great kale option is kale and white bean soup – perfect for heating up when it’s cold outside.
Cauliflower and Brocoli
Cauliflower and broccoli both fall under the cruciferous vegetable family. Like kale, they are packed with phytonutrients and may help women maintain a healthy amount of estrogen.
Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are an excellent source for antioxidants and Vitamin C. Berries provide protection for eggs and aging, and are best eaten raw. Sweet strawberries are also known to increase a woman’s libido.
Carrots are considered to be a fertility superfood for men and women. Since they contain beta-carotene, they have been found to improve hormone balance and reduce the rate of miscarriages in women. In addition, carrots support sperm motility by 6.5% to 8%, according to Natural Fertility.
Sugarless Apple Pie
America’s favorite pie is always a hit for Thanksgiving dinner. Green sliced apples and cinnamon are the perfect amalgam of savory sweetness. Perfect for a preconception diet, you and your guests won’t miss sugar one bit the moment you take a bite. See the full recipe at AllRecipes.